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Motion Picture Association fights online file-sharing in UK court case

LONDON — Hollywood film studios launched legal action Tuesday against Britain’s biggest Internet service provider in a fight against online piracy, thought to be the first case of its kind in the country. The Motion Picture Association (MPA), which represents studios including Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney, is urging…

Florida governor retreats on worker drug tests

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended an order requiring all state workers undergo drug testing, pending resolution of a lawsuit that called the tests an illegal search of workers’ bodies. The Republican governor quietly signed the suspension memo on June 10 but it received little public notice…

Supreme Court orders California to free 40,000 prisoners

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ordered California Monday to free thousands of prison inmates, saying chronic overcrowding violated inmates’ rights — but one judge warned the ruling was “outrageous.” In a narrow 5-4 majority ruling upholding a lower court decision, the top US court said the release is the…

Bush CIA Director wanted to use Blackwater ‘hit teams’ to kill bin Laden: report

Special report – The bin Laden kill plan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A pivotal moment in the long, tortuous quest to find Osama bin Laden came years before U.S. spy agencies discovered his hermetic compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In July 2007, then Senator Barack Obama’s top foreign policy advisers met in…

Sarah Palin wins restraining order against father-son pair

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won another round in court on Monday against a Pennsylvania teenager accused of stalking the outspoken conservative, telling a judge, “I fear for my friends’ and for my family’s safety.” The three-hour Anchorage court hearing, with Palin and her antagonists testifying…

Islamists restore order amid Tunisia violence

ETTADHAMEN, Tunisia — Charred cars, vandalised shops, roadblocks made of garbage and manure have made this town nearly unrecognisable were it not for Islamists who have taken action to re-establish calm and order. Ettadhamen, a deprived district outside Tunis, is one of several areas across the country that has been…

Chamber of Commerce to fight Obama with ‘all available means’

The influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to do everything in its power to block President Barack Obama’s unannounced measure to make government contractors disclose their political spending. In an interview with the New York Times, Chamber lobbyist R. Bruce Josten warned the measure could result in harassment and protests…

Air Pacific cancels order for 8 Boeing 787s

NEW YORK — Fiji’s Air Pacific has canceled its order for eight Boeing 787 aircraft, the US aerospace giant said Wednesday, the latest blow for its delay-plagued Dreamliner program. “Boeing confirms that Air Pacific no longer is a Boeing 787 customer,” the Chicago-based firm said in an email to AFP…

Wisconsin judge again blocks implementation of anti-union law

MADISON, Wisconsin – A Wisconsin judge issued a revised order on Tuesday blocking implementation of a controversial state law curbing collective bargaining by public unions while she hears a legal challenge to the proposed law. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi, who issued an injunction two weeks ago blocking…

US Jesuits agree $166 million abuse payout

SEATTLE (AFP) – A US Jesuit order has agreed to pay $166 million to compensate some 500 mostly native American child victims of “horrific” sexual abuse at religious mission schools, lawyers said. The US Northwest chapter of the Rome-based Society of Jesus agreed to the payout — which lawyers said…

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